WELCOME TO THE 8TH ANNUAL GIRO DI SAN DIEGO
"THE PALOMAR GRANFONDO"
NEW DATE! NEW MONTH!
JUNE 15, 2019
ARE YOU UP FOR THE CHALLENGE
105 Mile MESA GRANDE CENTURY - GranFondo with Palomar
67 Mile PALOMAR METRIC CENTURY - GranFondo
44 Mile - Medio Fondo
26 Mile Loop - Piccolo Fondo
NEWS FOR 2019
Organizers release new date for the Giro di San Diego GranFondo and new routes. We have moved the date into mid-June to take advantage of the cooler June Gloom temperatures and now on Saturday to avoid additional traffic on the roads. With the start and finish at Kit Carson Park in Escondido, riders are afforded a cooler climb of the Mt Palomar, now positioned only 20 miles from the start. The long Course features a route that includes the Mesa Grande, a serene and picturesque loop in the back country of San Diego. Saturday will feature our Health and Fitness Community Expo in addition to the ride.
4 Road Routes to choose from 26, 44, 67, and 105 miles
The giro is known for having challenging and picturesque routes, outstanding ride support, delicious food on course and a post-ride party!
New! - Palomar Metric Century Option
New! - Epic Mesa Grande Century including Palomar Mt
Shorter Medio Fondo Route
Beer, wine, great food and live entertainment
Featuring the legendary South Grade of Palomar Mountain
Timed routes and KOM / QOM championship
4 Route Distances
Medal for all finishers
Southern California meets Italy at the Giro di San Diego Gran Fondo, a celebration of cycling and food. Held in beautiful Escondido, CA, our festival features a mass-start, timed cycling event for road bikers and the Bike & Fitness Expo.
Each Year Thousands of dollars (100% of the event proceeds) was donated to our charities from this ride.
Giro di San Diego with Life Sports Foundation is proud to partner with Challenged Athletes Foundation's® (CAF) Operation Rebound®. Operation Rebound funds equipment, training and travel expenses that can help our injured troops and first responders to harness the healing power of sport – whether the goal is to win Paralympic gold or just run around the block.
Our mission is to draw cyclists from around the globe to enjoy the best riding that San Diego has to offer. We are a charity focused event and use our love for the Italian GranFondo to raise money and awareness for local causes.
Do you What to Speak to the Community?
Would you like an opportunity to speak at our Community Bike - Health - & Fitness Expo? Are you passionate about cycling in San Diego County? Do you have a cause you represent? This is your chance to speak. Click Here to Find Out More
The location for this event has moved to Kit Carson Park in Escondido, California. This new venue will allow the riders to have a cooler climb of Mt. Palomar.
The routes for this event will host many of the best rides in the North County as well as the most frequently traveled paths taken by the many professional athletes that ride in the area. These roads have challenged the wheels of riders such as Lance Armstrong, Chris Horner, Axel Merckx, Thurlow Rogers and many others. The long Gran Fondo will also boast the fiercest of all climbs in San Diego, the south grade of Palomar Mountain. This climb was featured on the 2009 Tour of California and will be our official KOM/QOM for the Gran Fondo course riders.
New Course record set by David Bruemmer in 2016, 5:59:08
Palomar Record still standing by Neil Shirley set in 2012, 1:02:21